Love the new iPhone, but hate the New AT&T? You're not alone. Long before the iPhone hit stores, a backlash was developing against this unholy union. A few clever souls have devised methods to bypass AT&T, but these approaches all involve transforming your iPhone into a device that will no longer dial and that kind of defeats the point, right? This morning, Freepress announced their own advocacy campaign to Free the iPhone. The site features some basic background information about the issue, several videos, social networking profiles, and a petition demanding both Congress and the FCC take action to ensure that customers can use any device over any network. The petition reads:
Dear FCC and Congress, The iPhone has set the stage for the future of mobile Internet--but bad policies allow companies like AT&T and Verizon to shackle great gadgets to their closed networks. To free wireless Internet, the FCC and Congress must use the 700MHz spectrum auction to create an open network that gives consumers: 1. The freedom to use whatever device we want on any network.If this plan sounds like something you support then visit the petition and add your name to the growing list of people who'd like their iPhone to come without being chained to AT&T.
2. The freedom to choose among many providers in a competitive wholesale marketplace.
3. The freedom to access any content or services we want through our devices.